Beantastic Recipe: U.S. Lentil Soup with Pork Cracklings

Filipino’s got the habit of eating vegetables and fish on a Friday, no pork or beef.  One of the staples in a regular Filipino family would be the Ginisang Munggo or Green Beans soup.
I never thought there would be any other beans I can use to make a similar recipe until I attended the cooking demo at the Center for Culinary Arts in Katipunan Quezon City by Chef Jill Sandique as organized by the U.S. dry Beans and Dry Lentil Council.

U.S. Lentil Soup With Pork Cracklings

The Lentil Soup Chef made was definitely beantastic I am so excited to try it out this coming Friday!
½ cup bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil, optional
2 tablespoons minced garlic
¾ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped tomato
100 grams pork, cubed
100 grams shrimps, peeled and chopped
pork, chicken or shrimp stock (water may do), as needed
1 pack U.S. lentils, about 400 grams
2 to 4 cups spinach, washed and trimmed
salt and pepper, to taste
To Serve:
pork cracklings
olive oil
red wine vinegar

Beantastic Recipe using U.S. Lentils

  • In a pot, cook bacon until slightly golden.  Add oil if necessary.
  • Add the garlic, onion and tomato.  Sauté well.  Add pork then shrimps.
  • Pour in stock or water.  Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the lentils.  Cook until done. Add the spinach and cook just until wilted.  Season with salt and pepper.   Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve hot with pork cracklings, olive oil and red wine vinegar.

The U.S. dried lentils doesn’t need to be washed in a Grohe faucet or any ordinary faucet as they are ready to cook compared to other lentil brands that you need to wash to get all floaters out.

Try the recipe now! You will definitely love it!

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